Mets tell Travis d’Arnaud to not block the plate

Posted: February 27, 2013 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

One of the more controversial issues in major league baseball the last few years has been should catchers be allowed to block the plate? It has been controversial ever since Giants superstar Buster Posey was badly injured in a collision at the plate with OF Scott Cousins who was playing with the Marlins at the time. Posey was done for the year and the Giants were basically done. In the two years that Posey has been healthy throughout the whole year the Giants have won the World Series.

Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny who also is a former catcher has been lobbying baseball for a rule change to protect catchers. Apparently Terry Collins agrees with the Matheny and told Travis d’Arnaud today not to block the plate. I told him, ‘Trav, I know you’re a tough guy. I know its baseball. But if you want to play for the next 15 years, the last thing we need is to have you reinjure your knee. Just get in front of that plate and let them have the plate. And if you receive the ball early, get yourself in a good position. But I’m not going to let you stick that left leg out there and have somebody who is just a reckless guy come charging in and have you shorten your career. I’m not going to allow that to happen right now.'” Collins said. D’Arnaud tore part of his PCL in his left knee in June last year and was deemed out for the year. Collins doesn’t want to put the same knee in jeopardy again.

This is the right move because blocking the plate may save a couple runs over the course of the season but is not worth the potential of losing your franchise catcher for any duration of time. The Mets are going to need d’Arnaud later in the season if they want to compete for a playoff spot.

  1. Mike Young says:

    I agree with this new thinking about catchers not blocking the plate. I am reasonably sure that TC had the hit that Josh Thole took in mind when Ty Wiggington knocked Josh over a couple of seasons ago. Then everyone feels bad for the catcher while those same everyones say, “It was a clean hit.” Meanwhile the catcher is seeing stars or worse. This, in my opinion, is one of those multiple items where the MLB needs to bring itself into the 21st century. Overturning bad calls using instant replay is another.

    • Steven Inman says:

      you know Mike this is a great example. Josh Thole last year was having a very nice beginning of the season until Wiggington gave him that concussion at the plate in Philly. Thole came back June 1st and wasnt effective for the rest of the year. Now the poor kid is battling Henry Blanco to be the Blue Jays backup. If MLB wont do anything to protect catchers the least the Mets can do is protect their own guys.

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